“In the area of diversity in hiring, Asheville is just as segregated, racist and unequal as it ever was, and while whites promote Asheville as a tourist and artistic mecca, African Americans are still cleaning rooms in expensive hotels instead of front desk or management positions and not being hired in banks, restaurants and trendy bars in downtown, Biltmore and West Asheville.”
“This program feeds scores of area residents from all walks of life, five days a week, offering a wide range of rescued and repurposed food from some of the finest restaurants of the city, grocery stores, retirement communities, hospitals, caterers and others in the food-service industry.”
“Can we suggest it to local businesses to start a gingerbread display for anyone who wants to enter or anyone who wants to come see it?”
“The womensmarch.com website does not indicate that a march is scheduled for Asheville. How is this possible in the most progressive city in Western North Carolina?”
“I would like to celebrate the 40 young members of Sunrise Movement Asheville who had the courage to exercise civil disobedience on Dec. 6 by occupying Asheville City Hall.”
“With the rise in ‘off-market’ options, it is important to understand what these plans do — and don’t — provide. These plans are not required to meet key federal requirements that ensure customers get the level of coverage they need over the long term.”
“Reading supports all aspects of education and life opportunities. I have seen firsthand the difficulties struggling readers experience.”
“Although it takes conscious effort and practice, these simple changes in our language make big shifts in our community of Asheville, which must also work to reconcile our own legacy of slavery.”
“We are writing this because we believe that we all should change the way we speak about slavery.”
“Upon reading an article from The New York Times and the 1619 Project, we realized that the use of the words slave, slave owner and plantations are dehumanizing to the descendants of enslaved people and continue the institutional racism that was propagated back then to justify slavery.”
Xpress imagines just what former County Manager Wanda Greene and her fellow corrupt ex-Buncombe County officials have been up to since reporting for federal prison last year — featuring Mandy Stone’s recipe for toilet wine!
“I have no doubt CBD can be useful … but in its current state with lack of regulation as well as testing, it’s very problematic, especially for those prone to dissociative or psychotic states.”
“President Trump is a true patriot, who has made America stronger and done more in his first three years than many presidents do in eight years.”
Xpress staffers share their tongue-in-cheek prognostications for the coming year. Asheville-area conspiracy theories, complaints of the gentry, uses for the sinkhole and creative panhandling pitches are all on the list.
“This kind of denial of how tourism has negatively impacted people who live here will only infuriate them more.”
In the Popeyes vs. Chick-fil-A chicken sandwich war, the biggest question is: Why all the chicken?
Sierra Nevada ownership changes hands and a new game show takes the nation by storm!
“In order to house, clothe and feed your family with an income that insulting, you need support from subsidized housing, subsidized transport, food banks and other charities.”
“There can be no justification for the willful and arbitrary cancellation of an election.”